Orioles on deck: What to watch Thursday at Reds

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles (9-4) vs. Reds (9-6)

Where: Great American Ball Park

First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles LHP Wade Miley (1-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. Reds RHP Scott Feldman (1-1, 2.87 ERA)

What to watch

1. Schoop streaking. Jonathan Schoop takes a seven-game hitting streak into tonight's game, during which he's hitting .407/.393/.741 with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs. Quite a turnaround from when he was batting .105 six games into the season.

2. Miley matters. Wade Miley has allowed three runs in 11 innings over his first two starts. The question is whether he'll be in control or not. In his first outing, he walked seven. In his second, he fanned eight while walking none. Which will it be tonight?

3. Road wrap-up. The Orioles conclude a nine-game road trip tonight having already secured a winning record on the three-city swing. They're 5-3 on the trip to Boston, Toronto and Cincinnati with a chance to make it a real impressive one by winning tonight. It's one of only three three-city trips for the Orioles this season -- the other two are 10 games long -- and their last until August.

Orioles lineup

LF Hyun Soo Kim
CF Adam Jones
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
RF Mark Trumbo
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS J.J. Hardy
C Caleb Joseph
LHP Wade Miley

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